Louise Nevelson - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 13, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Nathan Berliawsky, New York (Gift of the artist to her brother); Sale: New York, Guernsey Auctioneers, March 2, 1992, Lot 2; Collection of Roger Samet, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    I go to the sculpture, and my eye tells me what is right for me. When I compose, I don’t have anything but the material, myself, and an assistant. I compose right there while the assistant hammers. Sometimes it’s the material that takes over; sometimes it’s me that takes over. I permit them to play, like a seesaw. I use action and counteraction, like in music, all the time. Action and counteraction. It was always a relationship – my speaking to the wood and the wood speaking back to me. LOUISE NEVELSON

    (Nevelson quoted in Dawns & Dusks: Conversations with Diana MacKown, New Hope, PA 1976, p.120)



circa 1950s
Painted wood.
65 x 19 x 9 in. (165.1 x 48.3 x 22.9 cm.)

$120,000 - 180,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

13 May 2011
New York